Thanks to healthier lifestyles, as well as major advances in medical technology and medicine, many seniors are not only thriving past the age of 55, they’re living independently. In addition, 55+ seniors enjoy many physical activities such as golf, tennis, bicycling, swimming, shuffleboard and hiking.
Recognizing today’s active senior needs and desires with respect to communities for senior citizens 55 and above is paramount. In fact, a wide range of different senior housing communities can be searched and contacted at SeniorLiving.com. SeniorLiving offers communities ranging from upscale and luxurious including country club amenities to simple and quaint, in addition to senior communities designed for rest and relaxation.
Housing options in these communities may include single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. Amenities tend to vary with between communities. While some offer resort-like facilities, others focus on simplicity. Regardless of the specific amenities provided, all are intended to provide seniors 55+ with the comfort and security of a community designed with senior interests and needs.
Senior residential communities are typically found in well-maintained, almost park-like, surroundings. Yards and common areas with beautiful landscaping are common. Usually, there is a home owner’s association annual or monthly fee for this, including community amenities such as a pool, clubhouse and other things. Senior houses, townhouses and apartments are commonly designed with senior safety features, efficiency, and convenience. To avoid stairs, senior homes are quite often single story or ranch style. They include such features as slide-out cabinet drawers, built-in appliances, higher toilets, and walk in showers and bathtubs with lots of handles.
Many younger seniors prefer single-family homes with bigger rooms that may be converted into a home office, hobby, or exercise room. Home plans also incorporate ample-sized bathrooms that permit wheelchair access, wider doors throughout the home, enhanced lighting and automated security systems.
Given that many of today's dynamic seniors are not completely retiring from work, although career changes do occur, leisure and active communities for senior citizens are often located in areas with easy commutes to and from urban centers.
Since these active adult communities are intended for individuals who can live independently, many are not equipped provide health or long-term care services. In these instances, residents must make their own arrangements for off-site health care. Also, since residence in these communities is entirely voluntary, often, the costs are not covered by any sort of health or medical insurance.
It is important to note that, the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 was passed in recognition of the fact that seniors often prefer to live in a community of their peers. Guidelines under this 1995 law permit the establishment of senior communities with age restrictions. In general, 80% of homes in these senior communities must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 or older. In addition, many of these communities also stipulate that no one younger than 19 can reside there permanently.